Many are taught, all one has to do to be saved is say the "sinners prayer" and believe and you will be saved. What would be the result of our alter calls if Jesus stood before each seeker? He would have altered a lot of calls I'm sure.
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2: 38, KJV)
The message is to everyone and for everyone
"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all
"Repentm e t a n o e i t e. Broadus used to say that this is the worst translation in the New Testament. The trouble is
that the English word "repent" means "to be sorry again" from the Latin "repoenitet." John did not call on the
people to be sorry, but to CHANGE (think afterward) their mental attitudesm e t a n o e i t e and conduct.\u2026 This is
John's great word (Bruce) and it has been hopelessly mistranslated. The tragedy of it is that we have no one
English word that reproduces exactly the meaning and atmosphere of the Greek word. The Greek has a word
meaning to be sorrym e t am e l o m ai which is exactly our English word "repent" and it is used of Judas (Matt
27: 3). John was a new prophet with the call of the old prophets: "Turn ye" (Joel 2: 12; Isa 55: 7; Ezek
33: 11,15). (Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, 1985 by Broadman Press)
It is clear that one cannot be committed to self-interest and selfish ambition and follows Jesus. It is like trying to walk both north and south at the same time, it can't be done. There must be a change, a turning of one's life. salvation is not an enrichment of our lives, it is a death to our lives and an impartation of His life. Hence there is a call for fruit
of repentance. Repentance deals with the very heart of an individual, it goes to the very depths and searches its intention and motives. If there is anything in the person that takes priority over the Lordship of Christ, the Lord will shake it until the person either surrenders or walks away.
conceive that a person would repent and would continue to serve Satan. Jesus death on the cross was not so
we could serve Satan, but in the power of His grace we would honor Him in our lives. Does one sin so that
grace may abound, God forbid\u2026 The work of the cross and God's grace is the gift of God to deliver us from the
world, the flesh and the Devil. To continue a former lifestyle with a few modifications is unscriptural. Today it is
fashionable to make the "salvation message" as easy as possible. The message may be simple, but by no
means is it easy. If you are not willing to die to self, when you leave this earth, you will see hell and not
heaven. If you believe the religious lie that you can continue to willfully sin and still be saved - you have been
deceived by Satan's first lie told to man. "You shall not surely die."
What we have done with repentance, describes what we have done with the salvation message. Though grace
plays a big part in salvation, grace today is used to take the sting out of repentance. There are many reasons
for this, one, if true repentance was preached, the church would be less than one tenth the size. After three
years of a powerful ministry, healing the sick, casting out demons, preaching to thousands and providing lunch,
Jesus had only 120 at the upper room. What was so restrictive about His message that isn't in our messages?
Repentance is not a call to religion, but a call to lay the axe to the root of your life. You cannot continue to live your life from the root that you have been living. You must give it all up. Two statements worth paying close attention to in John's message: " Bring forth therefore fruits meet (worthy) for repentance ," and "every tree which brings not forth good fruit
In order to understand the full meaning of the word "fruit" of which accompanies repentance, we must go back and examine where the demand for "fruit" is stressed without the use of the word "repentance.". Let me give you some examples.
This situation would have provided a great opportunity for Jesus to explain the significance of the grace
message and follow up with the sinner's prayer. In fact Jesus doesn't even deny his request to know the "good
thing" that would give him eternal life. There is something we are missing here, the author of faith and
that I may have eternal life?' So He said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.'" Matt 16:16,17
eradicated out of his life, he could not be saved, otherwise he could only be "theologically" saved. We talk
people into a "theologically" salvation without the axe being laid to the root of their life. Today we seek no fruit
or evidence of the individual's commitment to make Jesus Lord. You cannot have a kingdom without there being
a king. By our lowering the standard of salvation, our message convicts no one of sin, they remain on the large
part unchanged after "salvation" and are functionless members in the body of Christ.
"He said to Him, 'Which ones?' Jesus said, 'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' The young man said to Him, 'All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?'
"What do I still lack?" He lacked the first commandment, "I am the lord your God, you shall have no other gods
before me." Whatever takes first place in our heart, is our god. God will permit nothing to take first place. Jesus
cannot save you, if He doesn't have you. Jesus was not willing to: one, make the answer theological, and two,
give him a false hope without a total surrender. Jesus pressed at the very heart and desire of the man, to get at
the very root of his life. He could not be saved unless he confessed the root of his sin and turned from it. If we
want to be free from God's wrath and hell, we are going to have to give all to Jesus. There is no second best we
can offer Him. You are going to go to hell if you don't give Jesus all of your heart. You must change the
direction of your life to be rooted in Christ.
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Assuredly, I say to you that it ish a r d for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (salvation). And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' When His disciples heard it, they wereg r e a t l y astonished
In today's gospel, it is not "hard" for anyone to be saved, in fact we go to lengths to convince them of salvation. But the disciples were "greatly astonished," because they recognize the difficulty, they just saw Jesus refuse a man, a man that was not willing to give up his money. Wow! This was not going to be easy. What they saw in Jesus' dialogue with the rich man, was Jesus pressing him to repentance. Repentance is the surrender of your life and the control of that life. It is confessing that you have things in your life that control you, things that you give worth and power to, things that you want more than Jesus, and now, you are willing to turn from those things and follow Jesus.
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.' Then Peter answered and said to Him, 'See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?' So Jesus said to them, 'Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My
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